El Sol 25
Brooklyn based street artist El Sol 25 has graced All Public Art on this exclusive interview we have with him. This street artist started an early age creating his self-made comic books. Indeed, great things start from small beginnings. He now has a lot of street artwork for the public to see and most them can be found in the city that never sleeps, New York.
This artist doesn't just want to make are for the sake of doing it. Aside from the fact that he loves making it, he also would like to send a message to the youth regarding this for of art. You'll learn all about it when you check out El Sol 25's interview below.
An Interview with El Sol 25
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
El Sol 25: As far as my initial art development I started out drawing and making my own comic books when I was a kid. Once I became a teenager I switched my focus to painting and doing a lot of graffiti.
APA: Who do you admire artistically?
El Sol 25: As far as illegal street work goes I’d say I admired most of the early street art pioneers such as the Faile duo, Bast, Swoon, Barry McGee and eventually Gaia Judith supine. I only say admired because they’ve all moved on to bigger opportunities and aren’t as active in the illegal scene anymore. I still feel their influence and admire their current accomplishments. And my true love-Gee Vaucher.
APA: Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
El Sol 25: Most of the artists doing illegal work these days influence my work. I study them, their methods and their trends and I try and do the opposite. And of course my true love Gee Vaucher has been my biggest influence to date.
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
El Sol 25: I’m not as concerned with leaving a legacy as much as I’m concerned with influencing young and upcoming artists getting involved with illegal art. I’d like to show them that you can make work on the street that is as thought provoking or inspiring as what you might see in a posh gallery or museum.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
El Sol 25: I’d like for people to take a closer and deeper look into the work that I’m creating and pick up on the narrative and inner meaning of each individual piece. I’m Working on making that narrative less cryptic in my new works pasted up in New Orleans.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
El Sol 25: I really do feel that my purpose is to help revitalize the illegal street art scene in NYC and eventually influence other artists to do the same in their individual cities or countries.
APA: What is your workflow?
El Sol 25: Isolation, creation, travel and repeat.
APA: What is your creative process from start to finish?
El Sol 25: I have a super regimented yearlong schedule that involves intense periods of seclusion/creation followed by intense street campaigns between art fairs and festivals. While in seclusion most of my original collaging, typography painting and planning for the year take place. After a body of work has been created I spend the rest of the year pasting up and creating painted versions of the collages for collectors or exhibitions. All while painting as many walls as I can.
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
El Sol 25: Most of the successful artists fallow each others trends and regurgitate each other’s styles and methods while the other half are doing what I like to call ”I did it first art”. Making new art using a new medium or new technique that is usually completely innovative and original but also equally as boring and uninspiring.
APA: What advice would you give to other inspiring artists?
El Sol 25: Be yourself. Look out for other people that support and encourage your work. Do the work because you love the work.
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
El Sol 25: Id like to create the visual aid to a new creative and social revolution.
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
El Sol 25: NYC VANDAL SQUAD
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
El Sol 25: I’m never not motivated but I drink a lot of coffee and I avoid alcohol and hard drugs.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
El Sol 25: Hannah Hoch, Salvador Dali, Michael Jackson and Conor McGregor.
APA: What most often inspires your work?
El Sol 25: Freedom, balance, acceptance, and solitude.
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
El Sol 25: Paying the rent in Brooklyn :)
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
El Sol 25: Freedom, balance, acceptance, and solitude.
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
El Sol 25: Face your fears and accept who you are while always putting your best foot forward. Integrity is more valuable than exposure. All of your hero’s WILL die.
APA: What is your creative process like?
El Sol 25: Observe, analyze, assess, then attack.
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
El Sol 25: Undying passion.
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
El Sol 25: Michael Jackson
APA: Who do you wish you could meet for the first time again?
El Sol 25: Monica Canilao ;)
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
El Sol 25: The truth
APA: It’s a random day 10 years ago, what were you creating?
El Sol 25: Most likely experience and regret.
Follow El Sol 25's Instagram: @elsol25